Some 24% of university students in Israel may have to drop out, according to a study presented during a meeting of the Special Committee on the Novel Coronavirus.

Committee Chairwoman  Yifat Shasha-Biton said, “We are losing our young people. In many cases they have lost their financial capability, when they are just beginning their independent path – many discharged soldiers who have yet to work enough months to receive unemployment, and[university students who have lost their livelihood, and now the continuation of their studies is at risk.”

According to Opposition leader MK Yair Lapid, the unemployment rate among young adults is double the general unemployment rate and stands at 36%. 13.3% are unable to pay rent or make their mortgage payments, and 24% cannot pay the bills. “A lost generation is being created in Israeli society, of those who are supposed to be the country’s economic growth engine,” he said.

Lapid also called the committee to demand legislation that allows young Israelis to study for free and receive free professional training for in-demand jobs.